Review: Forgotten in Darkness by Zoe Forward

Review: Forgotten in Darkness by Zoe ForwardForgotten in Darkness by Zoe Forward

Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Wild Rose Press on September 22, 2013
Pages: 358
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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three-half-stars  

Shay McGinnis is on an expedition to hunt down an old ship’s diary clue to a ring that will help her with her thesis proving the existence of a group known as the Scimitar Magi.  When she arrives at the church where it is held, she encounters something unexpected.  A huge male, striking and very dangerous confronts her in a crazy fashion, but then they are interrupted by a creature who came straight out of a fantasy movie.  She helps fight it off only to wake up later out of a comatose state with a vague idea of what had happened.

Dakar is pulled out of the purgatory he has been in for 200 years only to come face to face with the woman he has been cursed to kill or be killed by over and over with each reincarnated life.  This time he is determined to get her first.  Something is wrong though.  Usually when they find each other, her past life memories come back to her, but this time she doesn’t remember him or the past.  In fact she is a modern female who thinks he’s crazy.  Unfortunately she disappeared and he was taken by the local Columbian police as a murder suspect for the demon he destroyed.  After days in his cell, a strange woman who is the latest magi healer comes to him with the intent of bringing him back into the magi fold.  Dakar has no intentions of completing that vow when he was tricked by the gods and spent all that time suffering in purgatory.  He needs to find that woman and kill her before she can kill him so they can break the curse.

Djoser and his Assassins are still on the prowl determined to destroy the Magi and find a way to remain in the human realm permanently.  His men have been taking promising children who may be pre-Magis before they are old enough to get their power and take their vows.  One has come that he suspects might be the Spellcaster who will help him win it all.  Cy is young and when the demon touches him all his past life knowledge returns to him, but he needs to fake it until rescue.

Through a varied set of circumstances, the whys and wherefores of the story wind out so all the early scenes make sense.  It gets pretty exciting and there is that condemned love plot going along with the advancement of the overall story arc.  Secrets are revealed as are new magi and contact with new gods.  Characters from the previous story get some big scene time too.

With this sequel, it jumps right in and assumes the reader has read the first book.  Like the first book, I had parts that I enjoyed and parts that really didn’t do it for me.  I do love the whole Magis world that is built on Egyptian mythology along with demons and I love this brotherhood of guys that do the fighting.  I love how they interact and fight alongside each other.  The wisecracks and camaraderie are great.  It was cool in this one that there were two siblings added to the dynamic.  The fight scenes work and are probably the best part of the book for me.  I even like the worthy opponents who they battle.  The demons are just as tenacious as the warriors.  I read on eagerly to discover how the author would get Dakar and Shay’s cursed to kill their lover thing fixed with the clock ticking down for the curse to kick in and have one of them killing the other for them to do it all again in the next life.

What trips me up in these books is the women and the romances (or lack there of).  Shay seemed so ditzy to me.  For most of the book, she just tripped around in and out of trouble needing constant rescue.  She does the stupidest things and gets stubborn all at the wrong time.  A wise man tells her not to go looking for dark magik users so she heads directly to find her step-brother who she knows killed his father, her brother and a pet.  Um-kay.  Dakar just seemed so much more.  He had strong heroic qualities and Shay?  She just seemed like comic relief- well not quite that bad.

The other female in the book, Kira, who was the last book’s heroine, just seems on a power trip (secret domme perhaps?) loving to boss the big males even her man like she’s their mama and zap them when they don’t agree with her plan.  Nope, wasn’t feeling it with the ladies in this one.

The relationship for this story is nearly non-existent.  I’m actually one who can be down with the whole fated mate stuff, but even I draw the line when there’s just nothing to convince me the two are anything more than snarling people with raging libidos. Other than two sex scenes there was no connection between Shay and Dakar and they weren’t even on friendly terms during either of them.  Shay went from being scared of the big bad man to can’t live without him.  I’ll give you that Dakar at least had all that past life knowledge going for them and knew that he loved her even if he’s grown embittered and just wants to break the curse hoping they can still be together when all’s said and done.  Truthfully, a few tender scenes in the midst of all the demon fighting would have done the trick for me.  And that contrived separation thing I did not get the purpose for at all.  It didn’t even stir an emotion in me other than impatience to just please get on with it because we know they’ll be back together.

Okay, so to pull it all together…I’m into this series and want to see what happens next.  I love those hints about the big, bad eleventh warrior and the new developments amongst the other magi.  I look forward to who gets their book next.  I had some frustration, but I also had a good time with this story.  Love these lethal and protective demon fighters!

Paranormal Romance fans who enjoy a dose of heat in the romance, dark heroes with their sassy heroines and are open to creative use of Egyptian mythology in the story should give this series a try.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • So many good things going in this one. It’s a shame the heroines aren’t a more pulled together aspect. For some reason the heroines are usually what I struggle with. The setting though sounds fantastic. And I love it when an author can really write a good fight scene that gets your heart pounding.

    • That’s me too. I tend to be harder on the heroines. I don’t mind tough gals, but it seems many times they pick the wrong moments to be tough in the stories or they’re not as tough as I’m ‘told’ they are.

      • Mmmhmm. A lot of the time their tough/strong comes out as tstl. Drives me nuts. Truly strong people know when to ask for and accept help in my opinion, ya know?

        • Absolutely! You nailed it. It’s sad that I’m more surprised when a gal does wait for back up or listens to advice or doesn’t jump to conclusion or go flying into an angst-filled tizzy. I don’t mind honest screw-ups or when someone starts out needing to grow, but when they just keep making the same (or bigger) mistakes… yeah, not good.

  • I have a thing for Egyptian mythology…its such a fascinated period. I agree with Anna, I been having the hardest times relating to some heroines and this one sounds like one I would definitely not like.

    Still I would try it out for the mythology if is has a strong appearance in the story.

    • It does have a strong part. This series has strong parallels to Ward’s vampire brothers and their fight with the lessers and it was also like Ashgrove’s Templar Knights too. The guys, the action and the mytho background are definitely worth it.

  • Thanks for reviewing this Sophia, I signed up for the book tour because of the Egyptian myth angle but your comments on the lack of romance is throwing me off a bit. Thanks for setting my expectations, I think I’ll just skim through those parts and focus on the fantasy part.

    • Ah, sorry I lowered your excitement, Braine. We’re all so different so maybe you’ll be okay where I wasn’t. It has some real exciting stuff too so it will keep it going for you.

  • Author Zoe Forward

    Thank you Sophia Rose for the review! Ah Shay…didn’t her impulsiveness drive you nuts? It did me when writing her. I fought with that character to listen to advice, but she went on ahead and did whatever she wanted. I think for you ladies the heroine of the third installment is going to be your lady – a kickass, take no bullshit from testosterones woman — the first ever female magus. Astrid. Her story is coming!
    Happy reading to all!

    • Really? A female to shake them all up? Now won’t that be fun. Thanks for stopping Zoe. I love your warriors. Yeah, Shay annoyed me to death particularly when she went straight to her step-brother knowing what he was capable of. I do like a strong heroine even if she’s not physically strong and more the cunning sort- either way.